Schrade SCHF10 – Hits the Mark on Thrift, Function & Fun!

Schrade SCHF10

About a year ago, I stumbled across the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife – SCHF9 and was amazed by the quality and usefulness of this knife for the money.

Its stout build, thoughtful design and outrageously low price (for what you get) about blew my mind and apparently the minds of many others…

Although the SCHF9 is a pretty amazing knife… there were 3 small issues that some had with it.

First, the handle is a bit thick for those with smaller hands – like me. Next, the blade is a bit long for some tastes… and finally… the blade steel was not stainless steel.

Schrade SCHF10

So when I saw that the new Extreme Survival Knife – SCHF10 addressed all of these issues… I knew I had to get one, and give it a try.


The Schrade Extreme Survival Knife SCHF10 is a fixed blade, full tang, 100% fine edge knife that comes with a ballistic nylon sheath.

Schrade SCHF10

The knife measures about 10 1/2 inches (or 27 centimeters) from tip to butt… and weighs about 14 1/4 ounces (or 404 grams)… so the SCHF10 is about 1 1/2 inches (or 4 centimeters) shorter than the SCHF9 and about 2 ounces (or 56 grams) lighter.

The Blade

Now let’s talk more about the blade…

The SCHF10 has a fine edge, which means that there are no serrations on this knife. The length of the edge is about 5.3 inches (or 13.5 centimeters) compared to the SCHF9 at around 6 inches or (15 centimeters) in length.

Schrade SCHF10

So all in all, the actual edge length of the SCHF10 is not all that much shorter than the SCHF9… although the blade of the SCHF9 looks a lot longer due to the  large choil cutout.

The SCHF10 is a nice medium-sized knife with an edge that is a good bit longer that the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro knife and just a bit longer then the Ka-Bar Becker BK-2.

This blade is covered in a durable and attractive, dark black coating that has held up very well in our tests.

Schrade SCHF10

Blade Steel

The Extreme Survival SCHF9 is made out of 1095 High Carbon Steel. It’s a hard, tough steel that makes a great survival knife. But it’s not stainless… so it will rust if not cared for well.

So Schrade responded to those who wanted an affordable stainless steel survival knife similar to the SCHF9 by making the SCHF10 out of 8Cr13MoV, high carbon stainless steel…

8Cr13MoV is similar to 440B and AUS-8 in critical areas of strength, hardness, corrosion resistance and edge retention. So it’s a good choice for a survival knife in this price range and rivals the steel used in many knives costing twice as much.

Schrade SCHF10

And there’s a LOT of steel on this blade.

Blade Thickness…

In fact, the thickness of this blade is about  1/4 inch (or 6.3 millimeters)… and is actually thicker than the steel used on the larger SCHF9.

Schrade SCHF10

Full Tang Tough…

Like the SCHF9the SCHF10 is full tang construction… which means the blade steel runs the full length of the knife, from tip to butt. Full tang is considered by most experts as the toughest, strongest and most rugged way to build a knife.

AND this tang is beastly… there are no weight reducing cutouts or anything like that underneath the handle slabs… just two holes for the handle bolts to go through and a lanyard hole toward the butt.

Schrade SCHF10

So I can’t even imagine what you would have to do to snap this blade…

Blade Design

The Extreme Survival SCHF10 is a drop point blade, which means the spine side of the blade tip drops to meet the edge side at the point.

Drop point blades are a good choice for utility survival knives because they form a strong and useful point that is suitable for a wide range of tasks.

And this knife is nearly 1 1/2 inches (or 3.8 centimeters) wide… from edge to spine… at the widest part, which is a bit wider than even the larger SCHF9.

Now the edge of this knife is curved for the entire length… with a concave edge toward the handle which has a convex curve as we approach the tip.

Schrade SCHF10

The concave portion of the blade can give a little more cutting power than a straight blade but makes sharpening with a stone more than a little tricky.

There is a bit of a belly toward the tip of the blade which helps with tasks like chopping.

I took it out to my back 40 to test out its chopping capabilities and the knife did really well considering the tree was bursting with sap and a little oversized for the tool.  Meaning:  I’d take a hatchet or an axe any day!

Schrade SCHF10

But you can chop a tree if this is the only tool you have…

Just make sure you wear gloves… I was a dork and forgot mine… and blood-blistered hands are no fun and can be a real problem in a survival situation.

Blade Sharpness

Out of the box… this knife came pretty sharp… and through our testing this knife held a nice edge and easily cut, sliced, skinned and chopped stuff.

Schrade SCHF10

The Grip

On the spine side of the blade you will find what is called ‘jimping’.  Jimping is usually a series of notches in the blade steel or handle that helps provide additional grip.  There are 3 sets of jimping on this handle.

Schrade SCHF10

One set on the back of the blade for your thumb or forefinger. Another set on the top of the handle and an additional set on the bottom side of the handle.

Ergonomic Handle

The handle of this knife curves nicely on the top and bottom  with some wonderful finger cut outs to fit my hand really well.
It has textured and contoured Micarta handle slabs that attach to the knife tang with two hex bolts. Micarta is known as a tough material and mine proved this by surviving a lot of torture.

Schrade SCHF10

Now the SCHF10 handle is hard compared to SCHF9... but is actually about as grippy because of the multi-directional notch pattern on the SCHF10 handle slabs.

These grips are tough yet do a good job channeling water and sweat and make it pretty easy to keep a hold of this knife.

One more cool thing about this handle:  It CAN be easily removed and replaced with your own custom creation or you can take a shot at wrapping the handle in paracord to increase the usefulness of his knife in a survival situation.

Schrade SCHF10

On the butt end of this knife we have a lanyard hole. But no official pommel. But since the tang is exposed… I found it pretty easy to break and smash things with the butt of this knife.

Schrade SCHF10

Knife Balance

The knife is well balance with the center of gravity right around where my forefinger wraps around the handle… So even though this is not a light knife… it does not feel heavy either and because of the balance is very maneuverable in my hand.

What!? A Knife-Throwing Knife?

Although the SCHF10 is NOT designed to be a throwing knife… its balance, point, and handle make it throwable… I went out and played around throwing this knife with my SOG throwing knives that are much lighter… Practical knife throwing is all about being able to throw just about any knife that you have on you if need be… SO the SCHF10 is certainly throwable with some practice.  What a blast!!!

Schrade SCHF10

Now One Last Thing About this Knife…

You’ve probably noticed that the Extreme Survival SCHF10 is one sharp looking knife…

The quality black coating, the NEWLY designed and stamped Schrade logo, the attractive Micarta handle and a nice false edge bevel on top  of the blade toward the point, that gives it the appearance of a fighting knife… ALL caught my eye.

Schrade SCHF10

So… when the UPS Guy dropped off this knife, I just about immediately took it into the studio and shot a photo to post on our Ultimate Survival Tips Facebook page.

But best of all, this knife isn’t just a good looker… it’s also functional, practical and affordable.

The Sheath

Now if the SCHF10 is an exceptional knife… the sheath is a pretty average by comparison.

The sheath is made out of black ballistic nylon with what seems to be good stitching all around. The knife sheath is reinforced and stiff so the knife should not poke thorough it any time soon.

Schrade SCHF10

This sheath is made to receive the knife mainly for right-hand belt carry, but the knife can be put into the sheath for left-hand carry… it just won’t seat the whole way due to the angled lip of the sheath that matches the angle of the grip.

The knife is held in the sheath with a Velcro closure strap which is about as good as the strap on the Bear Grylls Ultimate PRO sheath.

Schrade SCHF10

But you will need to secure the handle with this strap every time you carry this knife or it’s going to fall out sooner or later since the knife wiggles around in the sheath loosely when not strapped in tight.

This sheath is designed for belt carry ONLY and doesn’t have any MOLLE straps on the back like the sheath of the SCHF9 does.

But you CAN use this sheath with just about any belt… military or otherwise up to about 3 inches in width.Schrade SCHF10Schrade SCHF10

Then, on the front of the sheath, you’ll find a small pouch that can fit a small sharpener, a magnesium block with fire steel, a small multi-tool or pocket knife, a survival guide and some other survival essentials… so that’s handy.

Still, the sheath IS functional but pretty average and nothing to get real excited about.

Owner Comments

Owners comment on this knife’s beastly construction, good looks, overall usefulness, and the  pretty good quality stainless steel that makes the knife suitable for use in any weather or climate. Most knock the sheath but overlook its shortcomings because of their happiness with the knife.

Schrade SCHF10

Our Rating

Schrade SCHF10

We rate the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife at 4.5 out of 5 stars in the sub $50 price category for its stout, rugged build, ridiculously thick quarter inch stainless steel, for how solid and comfortable it is in the hand, its well thought-out, functional and attractive design and its overall performance in the field.

We take off half a star for its very average nylon sheath and because the concave portion of the edge is a bit challenging to sharpen, especially if you want to use a stone… although this curve does increase the knife’s cutting ability in many situations.

So Who’s this Blade for?

Schrade SCHF10

The Schrade Extreme Survival knife is a well thought-out, stout and pretty darn good knife that would make a great gift as well as capable primary or secondary survival knife; it’s a good choice for camping, backpacking, hunting, day hikes, bug out bags, emergency kits, bushcraft, and for just about anyone who wants a ridiculously low priced, nearly indestructible knife that looks as good on your shelf… as it does on your belt.

Schrade SCHF10


For a larger, equally stout and affordable survival knife… check out my review of the Schrade Extreme Survival SCHF9.

If you want more of a survival package, a bit better blade steel and like Bear Grylls, check out my review of the Bear Grylls Ultimate PRO knife

And for an equally beastly blade that’s a bit more pricey, but a perennial favorite among bushcrafters… check out the Ka-Bar Becker BK-2.

Schrade SCHF10

Ka-Bar Becker BK-2, Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival knife, and Schrade’s SCHF-9 and 10.


Hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife – SCHF10.


22 Responses to “Schrade SCHF10 – Hits the Mark on Thrift, Function & Fun!”

  • Matt

    Hey David, I got my SCHF10 through amazon a few weeks ago and need to sharpen it. I’ve had a lot of trouble with the concave portion of the blade using my sharpening stones. I have a pocket sharpener, but I can’t get as sharp an edge on it as I do when using a stone.

    How would you recommend I sharpen the concave portion of this blade?

    • Carin

      From David: Ultimately you will need either a belt sharpener or some sort of rod sharpener… Here are my suggestions:

      This is the easiest and best tool to use… makes sharpening about any knife easy… but it cost about as much as a good knife… but is worth every penny:

      This rod type of field sharpener can work just fine when sharpening concave edges… and it’s cheap, but it’s ceramic and it will take a TON of strokes to hone a damaged or very dull blade:

      This is a HIGH quality diamond rod sharpener. Properly used, it will hone a nice sharp edge on a concave knife in 1-10th of the strokes it will take with a ceramic rod sharpener – but it’s not portable and a little tricky to hold at the proper angle:

      I have a whole session in my knife sharpening series on using these tools… but won’t be getting to that for a while…

      Hope this helps!

      • Matt

        Thanks a lot. I have a diamond rod that came with my kitchen knife set, so I can use that, but I think I’ll pick up that smiths sharpening system, it looks sweet.

        Once again, thanks.

    • Alex Mihov

      Sharpening of this knife is best on a belt grinder like work sharp ken onion edition. Some people use a round diamond file. Since the knife is made of good steel the best think to do will be to strap the blade on a leader belt when you can and avoid over sharpening the knife. This is not a small knife and it should not be sharpen to a razor sharpness . I hope this helps. I personally destroyed a Gerber Prodigy from over sharpening the knife on a stone . I did damage to 2 more knifes until i released that this type of knifes are not suppose to be done on a stone and they need to be sharpen on an angle 19 to 22 degrees. In order to achieve good sharpness you have to grind the knife up to 1000 grid this will create a smooth sharp edge that will not cut as quickly as an edge made with 200 grid but since it is much more smooth it will last a really long time. If you don’t own a work sharp tool or a belt grinder find somebody to do it for you. There are many companies. About curved blade avoid sharpening services with bench grinder the round stone cannot follow the curvature of the blade and it will just remove a lot of material . This is simple limitation of the tool .
      I hope this helps.

      • Alex Mihov

        I found a video that shows the result of sharpening this knife on a stone. I strongly recommend not to do this. But it is a good example of what you can achieve if you do it on a stone. This type of sharpening will generate really small angle on the blade that will chip and role during heavy tasks. It is good for kitchen knifes but not for outdoors.

  • Paul Henry

    Hey David I agreenwith you completely on this reveiw but I’m a very big man 6ft5inch 350lb the handle on the schf9 worked perfect for me. The smaller handles are the ones that give me blisters. Not to often but it does happen.I found a cheap not that it is cheap quality but for 10 bucksat Walmart you can find a course and fine handheld Smith sharpener that works well on all knives I found even my schfn9 schf10, bk2 and the bear gerber which ive got all them. I carry all of them at different times. Just thought that tid bit might help someone out. It works well

  • Eric

    You can look on YouTube for “sharpening a recurve blade” e.g.



    Will this fit on a Spec Ops Combat Master sheath?

    • Carin

      David: Dude – sorry, I don’t have one, so I can’t honestly answer that!

  • Pete

    I would likely opt for the Cold Steel Outdoorsman Lite or the Cold Steel Tanto Lite. The Cold Steel GI Tanto also compares favorably. All of these knives are about half the price of the Schrade SCHF10

  • Gerard

    Great review, really enjoyed reading it.
    Perhaps you might do a review of the smaller SCHF13 sometimes? ( Looks like a sturdy little blade to me; not big but quite handy.


  • Thanx for great review

  • Tomas S

    About the Schrade SCHF9: I removed the left scale ( the one facing the sheath ) & put some grip-tape on the exposed tang. Voila! A MUCH improved handle; plus the fact that the tape in question is also glow-in-the-dark. 🙂

  • Evin N

    @Matt just use the edge of your bench stone to sharpen the organic curves in the blade that easy don’t need a fuggin belt or rod to sharpen.

  • Fabian

    How is the edge and how high is the HCR

    • Carin

      David: Not sure what you’re asking as far as how is the edge. Also, not sure what the hardness of the steel is but you could certainly call Schrade and ask them.

  • Asgaard

    Excellent and informative review. Now if they only would make a kydex sheath for that blade, we’d be set!

  • Jonathan

    hey, great info, thanks,
    just wanna ask, what gloves do you use for survival/B.O.B? and what gloves would you recommend for survival,

    • Carin

      David finds he winds up with Wells-Lamont gloves a lot. He likes supple leather and the ability to cinch at the top and the W-L seem to hold out quite well. This winter he’s been using some Carhart gloves that he says are actually really keeping his fingers warm! So – it all depends what you want out of a glove, then research those qualities and try some out.

  • So I bought 3 of these based on good reviews, and all 3 that I got have scales that separate from the tang just slightly at the top and bottom. Everything else seems great (other than the mediocre sheath), but having a bit of daylight between the scales and the tang is something I associate with lower-quality knives. Dirt can get in those tracks and remain even after cleaning, leading to corrosion of the tang over time.

    I’m curious if others see the same problem, and if they think I’m overreacting.

  • Funny, this is my favorite THROWING knife!

  • Jim

    I have been able to keep mine paper-slicing sharp with a cheap Lansky ceramic rod sharpening tool. Great knife for the little I paid for it from Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Much cheaper than I could find it for anywhere else.

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